Artsy Characters in Xiamen

22 Feb 2018

I was in Gulangyu (鼓浪屿), Xiamen (厦门) again over the CNY break, and I noticed some interesting designs using characters:

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This one is a cafe/bar called 东西, which, aside from meaning “thing” or “stuff,” also literally means “east-west.” The fusion is looking pretty intimate in this design.

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These three characters (not the two small ones at bottom right) are quite cryptic on this sign! Here’s how the same name is written in another place:

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The name is 那些年 (“Those Years”). Can you see those three characters in the previous sign?

Finally, a very simple characterplay on the character :

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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